What started out as a Christmastime dream come true is now turning into a nightmare. The world was brought to tears upon hearing the story of the terminally ill boy who died in Santa’s arms on Dec. 12, but all that crying might have been a waste of time. It’s highly possible that the entire story was made up by Mr. Claus himself, Eric Schmitt-Matzen, 60, who refused to share specific details about the boy to the press.
The heartbreaking story was first published by Knoxville News Sentinel, and quickly went viral after USA Today columnist Sam Venable republished it in his own words. With the tale tracking so much heat, News Sentinel editor Jack McElroy decided to investigate a little further, and found some disturbing discoveries. Jack later said that he was unable to verify the published account, because Eric refused to name the boy’s family and the nurse who called him to the hospital. With no proven identities, the story is all based on Eric’s word alone.
“The News Sentinel cannot establish that Schmitt-Matzen’s account is inaccurate, but more importantly, ongoing reporting cannot establish that it is accurate,” wrote Jack on the company website. “Therefore, because the story does not meet the newspaper’s standards of verification, we are no longer standing by the veracity of Schmitt-Matzen’s account.” We don’t want to assume that Eric is lying, but why would he withhold valuable information that could back up his story? Something definitely seems off, and it’s only a matter of time before the REAL truth comes out!
HollywoodLifers, what do you think — is the story real or fake?